Cable Knit EVERYTHING!

While I do not personally knit (cable or otherwise), I’m obsessed with pretty much everything the craft produces. You can’t get cozier or comfier than this!

Sweaters.

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(the ridiculousness of the sweater / shorts combo is  not lost on me. I just really love that sweater)

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Especially the ones with elbow patches on babies (OHMYGOSH THE CUTENESS!)

 

Blankets.

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I want to crawl into that bed NOW!

 

Scarfs.

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Headbands.

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Socks.

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Fingerless gloves.

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Cup cozy (DIY!!).

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Ok, I’m done. But seriously, as I sit here freezing in my cotton cardigan, I think I may spend my evening online shopping for all things cable knit. Because, well, FALL!

With love,

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Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

What what? Another “Fall”ing In Love post for today? Because I didn’t post one yesterday, you get another DOUBLE DOSE of fall today. Must be your lucky day. :)

For those outside the corporate tax world, September 15 is probably just another day. But for my tax peeps, September 15 is the deadline for federal tax returns. And boy was my September 15 a doozy this year. Lots of long days were spent in front of my laptop, so I’m looking forward to a little somethin’ somethin’ to celebrate. Bourbon pumpkin pie milkshake? Don’t mind if I do.

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I mean, right? How awesome does this look?

Not feeling the bourbon? This can easily be made without it.

 

With love,

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P.S. We are only FIVE DAYS away from the official start of fall! Get excited!

My Favorite Apple Crisp

Recently, I have been sensitive to the fact that time flies. My first baby turned four years old this July and my second baby will be a year old in two months. Ugh. Why, oh why, does time fly?! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Anyway, since time flies by and there is no way of stopping that, I have been trying to savor the moment. To be content in the times that I may not feel are the best. Because usually, I look back at those times and see the good that I missed. This “stop and smell the roses” thinking has led me to try (try being the key word) to stop getting ahead of myself in life. I haven’t even had a PSL yet. Yep, I am patting myself on the back. I am waiting until September 21st. The first day of glorious fall!

But since I am only human, I will be indulging in one of my fall favorites. Apple crisp! I have a plan to make it this week and to enjoy every. single. bite. And there will be a lot of bites. I lack self-control when it comes to apple crisp. The gooey, syrupy apples. And that topping. Oh that topping is just too much.

Better Homes and Gardens magazine has a contributing author that shares the best recipes. He includes the little techniques that make things just right and I love it! His name is Scott Peacock. Not only does he have an awesome name but he gets me. I am a sucker for the science and technique behind cooking/ baking. That’s why I have America’s Test Kitchen on speed dial. :-)

Mr. Peacock goes through the tiniest details in his article in the magazine. I have mine in my binder of recipes from BHG 2010. He instructs to use Winesaps, Rome, McIntosh, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith as they won’t get too watery and will be the perfect amount of sweet. How thick to cut those apples? Half of an inch, so they don’t turn to goo and aren’t under-cooked. He even tells you how to grind your own cinnamon and why it tastes so much better (I don’t do this one!). And finally, encourages readers to use their hands when making the crumb topping for the best texture (and most fun!).

The recipe can now be found on BHG’s website – and so can the tutorial. It includes a creamy custard sauce for a topping as well. I don’t think it’s necessary, this has enough “yum” without it. Plus – I think it’s much better to enjoy this with DIY caramel sauce.

 

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I hope you enjoy his knowledge and the result!

With love,

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Fall Book List

One of the (many) reasons we love fall so much is it’s perfect reading weather. There’s nothing like spending some alone-time enjoying a good book with a hot cup of coffee and a soft blanket. We hardly ever get to do this anymore, so now that time is extra special. Below are our favorite fall-inspired books.

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Whitney: Summer reading is just like the season: light, fun and relaxed. While I enjoy a fun read every now and then, my true literary loves are sad books. I don’t know really why…but that’s just the way I like ‘em! Fall brings back the heavier, not-so-sunny topics. My must-read fall-inspired books are:

“Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson

“The Cider House Rules” by John Irving

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

My fall reading list includes “The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde and “The World According to Garp” by John Irving.  That is, of course, after I finish two lingering summer reads: “The Pilot’s Wife” and “And the Mountains Echoed”. Actually – neither one of those books are exactly “light” summer choices… ah, well. Some habits just refuse to be broken. :)

Kendall: My sister is somewhat of a literary genius. She loves books, always has. She loves to write, always has. And she loves to share her passion for good literature, which I have always loved. I benefit greatly from her recommendations and some of my favorites are directly off of her “must share” list.

I, on the other hand, well, I don’t mind reading. At times, it is just what my soul needs. But one big difference between my sister and me (other than the totally different eye, hair, and skin color) is that I can’t read “heavy” books. I feel like the real world is heavy, so I hesitate when confronted with heavy fantasy worlds. I had to stop reading “Divergent” because I couldn’t get past the thought of my boys choosing to live in another sect. Like stopped reading after chapter five. I still have visions of Aibileen having to leave that poor, sweet child with her unloving mother in “The Help”. Oy. Lord, help me.

So, if you are like me, I want to recommend some lighter fare for the fall. Books that I love, that I feel cozy reading. Not really a summer-y, beach-y kind of book but something with a happy ending that still touches your heart. One that immediately comes to mind is “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. She is one of my favorite authors. I have all of her books. Yes, all. I would highly recommend her for a light, joyful (in the end) read. A series that I thoroughly enjoyed was “The Chronicles of Narnia” (I know, it’s so 6th grade). These books are great. Every time I read them I love something new about them. I would say my favorites of the series are “The Magician’s Nephew” and “Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia”. I think I may read them again this fall…

With love,

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Pumpkin Chili + Jalapeno Cornbeard

Did you miss the fall post of the day yesterday?! The day got away from me – so you just get a double dose of fall today!

Who ever said pumpkin is just for drinks and desserts? Someone who never had pumpkin chili, that’s who.

This is a MUST try recipe – especially on a cool, fall-like Sunday while watching a football game. Chili is one of my favorite foods, so I may be a bit biased, but I don’t think this recipe will disappoint.

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Of course, with any kind of chili, cornbread is a necessary sidekick. The link above has a basic cornbread recipe, but if you really want to knock your taste buds out of the park, try jalapeno cornbread.

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I don’t turn down ANYTHING with jalapeno in it (not even truffles), so this is high on my “to try” list.

With love,

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The Colors of Fall

Day 10 of “Fall”ing in Love posts – and I’m having a great time! I love posting about my favorite things of my favorite season. Today is going to be a short post. I just got done working (tax deadline on Monday!), and I’m pretty wiped out. But I didn’t want the day to go by without posting one of my most favorite things about this time of year: the beautiful colors.

We are so fortunate in the Northern parts of the country to experience the awesomeness that is fall. There is just nothing like nature’s color palette of reds, oranges and yellows. There are countless images of spectacular fall tree scenes online (just try googling it – TONS of them!), but some of my favorite scenes are right out my door.

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This is our street the first year we moved in. I love our neighborhood for so many reasons, and how beautiful it looks all year long is one if the main ones.

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Ok, this one isn’t technically in my backyard, but it holds a special place in my heart: The Pumpkin Show in Circleville, Ohio. I have very fond memories of this place, made even sweeter by the family members I’ve enjoyed it with. I hope to take J down there this year. Here’s another picture of all the pumpkins:

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And of course, who loves cooler air and lots of sunshine more than dogs? My guys love this weather- and running through the leaves.

Literary Pumpkins

We’ve had a few days of fall food posts, so I thought today would be a good time to sneak in another fall decor post. If you follow my blog, you know I make no secret of my love for the written word. This idea for decorating pumpkins is so original – and so cute!

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How sophisticated do these look? Some variations I think are worth trying:

1. The author of the blog uses fake pumpkins to make these, but I think they can just as easily been done with real pumpkins.

2. She uses an old dictionary for her pages, but really anything with words will do. I’m thinking I may try to get my hands on an old ghost story book . Spooky :)

3. Personalize them! Check out what the author of the blog did:

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Ah – love! I’m not sure how easy it will be to get the cooperation of my dogs and (almost!) seven-month-old, but I’ll sure try!

4. Have some fun! Try adding a monogram, or adding seasonal embellishments:

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One word of caution – I would not put these outside uncovered. Mod Podge won’t hold up well in the rain or – gasp! – snow. Here are some tips for using Mod Podge projects outdoors.

With love,

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